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National Volunteer Week: Habitat for Humanity

In honor of National Volunteer Week, GOOD will be bringing you a daily recommendation about organizations with which you can volunteer in your...


In honor of National Volunteer Week, GOOD will be bringing you a daily recommendation about organizations with which you can volunteer in your neighborhood and around the country.The feeling of building someone a new house, a bright, shiny new place to live, is really beyond compare. Sure, it might be a little clich├ęd, but the reason everyone does Habitat for Humanity is that it offers a great chance to make a marked and long-lasting impact in other peoples' lives, and there are opportunities available nationwide and around the world. Plus, you'll learn a valuable skill or two working on a construction site. Habitat is not necessarily something you can pop in and do on a weekend, though there are opportunities in some areas for individuals to place themselves on a standby list where they can be called to work on a site for just a day, but it's a great thing to plan a trip around.The Gulf Coast, of course, is where much of the attention on Habitat is currently focused. Again, perhaps its cliched, but if you're thinking about taking a vacation to New Orleans-and you should, it's a truly fabulous place-why not do more than pump money into the economy? How about putting a house up, too? In fact, anywhere you're thinking about taking a vacation, there is probably a Habitat build to which you could donate some time (go here to search for builds in your area or where you're going). Putting up drywall might not be your idea of the most relaxing vacation, but come on, you've sat on enough beaches.Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Search Tool Photo by flickr user FirstBaptistNational.
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